|Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story - TED.com|
In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk from TEDxAmsterdam, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; history; life; technology; TEDxAmsterdam; 2009
|Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B - TED.com|
In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure -- leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should -- or when -- the Internet crashes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers - TED.com|
From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; computers; education; math; technology; 2010
|Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all - TED.com|
Trivia whiz Ken Jennings has made a career as a keeper of facts; he holds the longest winning streak in history on the U.S. game show Jeopardy. But in 2011, he played a challenge match against supercomputer Watson -- and lost. With humor and humility, Jennings tells us how it felt to have a computer literally beat him at his own game, and also makes the case for good old-fashioned human knowledge. (Filmed at TEDxSeattleU.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; entertainment; robots; technology; TEDxSeattleU; 2013
|John Maeda on his journey in design - TED.com|
Designer John Maeda talks about his path from a Seattle tofu factory to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he became president in 2008. Maeda, a tireless experimenter and a witty observer, explores the crucial moment when design met computers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; arts; computers; curiosity; design; education; technology; 2008
|Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide - TED.com|
At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" -- for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2010; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; statistics; visualizations; web; 2010
|Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course - TED.com|
Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online -- giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks -- they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; education; open-source; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Paul Rothemund casts a spell with DNA - TED.com|
Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; DNA; MacArthur grant; complexity; computers; short talk; 2007
|Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world - TED.com|
Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; complexity; computers; social change; technology; 2011
|Jeff Hawkins on how brain science will change computing - TED.com|
Treo creator Jeff Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain -- to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; AI; brain; cognitive science; computers; intelligence; memory; science; technology; 2003
|Jinha Lee: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel - TED.com|
The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; computers; design; interface design; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world - TED.com|
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; computers; design; entertainment; gaming; global issues; play; TED2010; 2010
|Ryan Merkley: Online video -- annotated, remixed and popped - TED.com|
Videos on the web should work like the web itself: Dynamic, full of links, maps and information that can be edited and updated live, says Mozilla Foundation COO Ryan Merkley. On the TED stage he demos Popcorn Maker, a new web-based tool for easy video remixing. (Watch a remixed TEDTalk using Popcorn Maker — and remix it yourself.)
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; interface design; online video; software; technology; web; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Christopher "moot" Poole: The case for anonymity online - TED.com|
The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; activism; collaboration; computers; culture; government; law; meme; web; TED2010; 2010
|Dale Dougherty: We are makers - TED.com|
America was built by makers -- curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@MotorCity; TED; Talks; collaboration; computers; curiosity; design; hack; innovation; media; technology; 2011
|David Pogue says "Simplicity sells" - TED.com|
New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology’s worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; entertainment; interface design; media; music; performance; software; technology; TED2006; 2006
|Alan Kay shares a powerful idea about ideas - TED.com|
With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -– mathematically and scientifically -- that only computers can.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; collaboration; computers; design; education; technology; TED2007; 2007
|Kwabena Boahen on a computer that works like the brain - TED.com|
Researcher Kwabena Boahen is looking for ways to mimic the brain's supercomputing powers in silicon -- because the messy, redundant processes inside our heads actually make for a small, light, superfast computer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; brain; complexity; computers; design; engineering; science; technology; visualizations; 2007
|John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders - TED.com|
John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; art; arts; computers; creativity; design; humor; leadership; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
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|Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code - TED.com|
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies -- but also create them. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; children; computers; education; parenting; technology; youth; TEDxBeaconStreet; 2012
|Frederic Kaplan: How I built an information time machine - TED.com|
Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years. (Filmed at TEDxCaFoscariU.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; computers; history; library; map; technology; TEDxCaFoscariU; 2013
|Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity - TED.com|
Ray Kurzweil's latest graphs show that technology's breakneck advances will only accelerate -- recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; computers; education; future; nanoscale; prediction; science; technology; 2009
|Yves Behar on designing objects that tell stories - TED.com|
Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now -- including the "$100 laptop."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; One Laptop Per Child; business; computers; creativity; design; sex; society; 2008
|Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked - TED.com|
Could someone hack your pacemaker? At TEDxMidAtlantic, Avi Rubin explains how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; TEDxFeatured; computers; hack; security; technology; TEDxMidAtlantic; 2011
|Paul Debevec animates a photo-real digital face - TED.com|
At TEDxUSC, computer graphics trailblazer Paul Debevec explains the scene-stealing technology behind Digital Emily, a digitally constructed human face so realistic it stands up to multiple takes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; computers; design; film; technology; visualizations; TEDxUSC; 2009
|George Dyson at the birth of the computer - TED.com|
Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; computers; engineering; history; library; military; science; software; technology; 2003
|Stephen Wolfram: Computing a theory of everything - TED.com|
Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, talks about his quest to make all knowledge computational -- able to be searched, processed and manipulated. His new search engine, Wolfram Alpha, has no lesser goal than to model and explain the physics underlying the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; complexity; computers; math; physics; science; simplicity; TED2010; 2010
|John Underkoffler points to the future of UI - TED.com|
Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; design; interface design; invention; technology; visualizations; TED2010; 2010
|Nicholas Negroponte: A 30-year history of the future - TED.com|
MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; computers; future; innovation; intelligence; interface design; prediction; technology; TED2014; 2014
|Henry Markram builds a brain in a supercomputer - TED.com|
Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved -- soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; computers; consciousness; mind; neurology; philosophy; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Scott Kim takes apart the art of puzzles - TED.com|
At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; art; computers; design; gaming; math; video; 2008
|Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom - TED.com|
In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; education; global issues; TED2012; 2012
|Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net - TED.com|
It's been 25 years since the first PC virus (Brain A) hit the net, and what was once an annoyance has become a sophisticated tool for crime and espionage. Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen tells us how we can stop these new viruses from threatening the internet as we know it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; crime; global issues; technology; virus; 2011
|Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves - TED.com|
Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; computers; design; entertainment; interface design; mind; technology; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Guy-Philippe Goldstein: How cyberattacks threaten real-world peace - TED.com|
More and more, nations are waging attacks with cyber weapons -- silent strikes on another country's computer systems that leave behind no trace. (Think of the Stuxnet worm.) At TEDxParis, Guy-Philippe Goldstein shows how cyberattacks can leap between the digital and physical worlds to prompt armed conflict -- and how we might avert this global security hazard.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxParis 2010; TED; Talks; computers; global issues; politics; security; technology; war; 2010
|Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education - TED.com|
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; education; global issues; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Mikko Hypponen: How the NSA betrayed the world's trust -- time to act - TED.com|
Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity -- whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. This means that, essentially, every international user of the internet is being watched, says Mikko Hypponen. An important rant, wrapped with a plea: to find alternative solutions to using American companies for the world's information nee
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; global issues; security; technology; TEDxBrussels; 2013
|Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers! - TED.com|
Despite multibillion-dollar investments in cybersecurity, one of its root problems has been largely ignored: who are the people who write malicious code? Underworld investigator Misha Glenny profiles several convicted coders from around the world and reaches a startling conclusion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; Internet; computers; crime; global issues; technology; 2011
|Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn - TED.com|
What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … soone...
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; AI; algorithm; computers; health; intelligence; technology; TEDxBrussels; 2014
|David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization - TED.com|
David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; complexity; computers; data; design; visualizations; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Shai Reshef: An ultra-low-cost college degree - TED.com|
At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing "from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.”
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; business; computers; education; open-source; technology; TED2014; 2014
|Michael Merzenich on re-wiring the brain - TED.com|
Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; brain; computers; consciousness; education; entrepreneur; mind; 2004
|Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation - TED.com|
Brute computing force alone can’t solve the world’s problems. Data mining innovator Shyam Sankar explains why solving big problems (like catching terrorists or identifying huge hidden trends) is not a question of finding the right algorithm, but rather the right symbiotic relationship between computation and human creativity.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; AI; algorithm; computers; data; engineering; intelligence; security; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Scott McCloud on comics - TED.com|
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; computers; creativity; design; entertainment; future; history; TED2005; 2005
|Philip Rosedale on Second Life - TED.com|
Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale talks about the virtual society he founded, Second Life, and its underpinnings in human creativity. It's a place so different that anything could happen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; cities; communication; community; computers; entertainment; entrepreneur; life; technology; 2008
|David Merrill demos Siftables - TED.com|
MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; TED2009; art; business; children; computers; design; education; invention; music; technology; 2009
|Neil Gershenfeld on Fab Labs - TED.com|
MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; computers; culture; engineering; invention; materials; science; social change; technology; third world; 2006
|Negroponte takes OLPC to Colombia - TED.com|
TED follows Nicholas Negroponte to Colombia as he delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. His partner? Colombia's Defense Department, who see One Laptop per Child as an investment in the region. (And you too can get involved.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; One Laptop Per Child; children; computers; design; education; global issues; philanthropy; politics; technology; TED in the Field; 2008
|Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration - TED.com|
After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxCMU; TED; Talks; Internet; collaboration; computers; language; technology; 2011
|Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for the Indus script - TED.com|
Rajesh Rao is fascinated by "the mother of all crossword puzzles": How to decipher the 4000 year old Indus script. At TED 2011 he tells how he is enlisting modern computational techniques to read the Indus language, the key piece to understanding this ancient civilization.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; computers; history; language; science; 2011